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The Hidden Connections
A Science for Sustainable Living
Written by Fritjof Capra


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49472-4 (0-385-49472-6)

The author of the bestselling The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life explores the profound social implications of emerging scientific principles and provides an innovative framework for using them to understand and solve some of the most important issues of our time.

For most of history, scientific investigation was based... Read more >

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The Web of Life
A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
Written by Fritjof Capra


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47676-8 (0-385-47676-0)

A Library Journal Best Scientific & Technical Book 1996.

The author of The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point explores the shift from linear thinking to systems thinking in the sciences. The web of life is the "interrelationships and interdependencies of psychological, biological, social, and cultural phenomena." Capra explores how to... Read more >

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The Cure for Everything
Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness
Written by Timothy Caulfield


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2205-4 (0-8070-2205-5)

A bold look at how commercial agendas distort the real science behind health and fitness studies and misinform the public about how to live a healthy life

Researcher Timothy Caulfield talks with experts in medicine, pharmaceuticals, health and fitness, and even tries out many of the health fads himself, in order... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Proving Darwin
Making Biology Mathematical
Written by Gregory Chaitin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7798-4 (1-4000-7798-2)

Groundbreaking mathematician Gregory Chaitin gives us the first book to posit that we can prove how Darwin’s theory of evolution works on a mathematical level.

For years it has been received wisdom among most scientists that, just as Darwin claimed, all of the Earth’s life-forms evolved by blind chance. But does Darwin’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Windows to the Womb
Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth
Written by David Chamberlain


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-551-3 (1-58394-551-2)

Windows to the Womb is an eloquent guide through the first nine months of life from conception to birth. In the past, the invisible physical processes of fetal development were mysterious and largely unexplainable, but in the past half-century, breakthroughs in embryology, interuterine photography, ultrasound, and other sensitive instruments of measurement... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bigelow and Schroeder's Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, Third Edition

Written by Bruce B. Collette and Grace Klein-Macphee


Format: Hardcover, 882 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-951-6 (1-56098-951-3)

Fifteen years in the making, this updated edition raises the high standard of Bigelow and Schroeder’s 1953 reference by drawing from a much larger base of information. Thirty-eight experts in fisheries biology and ichthyology clearly distill the enormous amount of knowledge gained during the past fifty years, including distribution figures from... Read more >

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The Left-Hander Syndrome
The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness
Written by Stanley Coren


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74468-9 (0-679-74468-1)

If you are among the 10 percent of people who happen to be left-handed, you've had to endure such derisive terms as "gauche" and "a left-handed compliment." At school you may have been forced to write with your right hand. And in another century your proclivity might have gotten you accused... Read more >

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Grayson

Written by Lynne Cox


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26454-1 (0-307-26454-8)

In Grayson Lynne Cox tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in 55-degree water as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prism and the Pendulum
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
Written by Robert Crease


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7062-3 (0-8129-7062-4)

Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of history’s most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, he encounters the personalities and creative thinking of some of the field’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Written by Charles Darwin


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21463-5 (0-553-21463-2)

Darwin's classic and highly influential work about evolutionary processes and their role in shaping the origin of all species. Read more >

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The Origin of Species

Written by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 1998
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75146-2 (0-375-75146-7)

Perhaps the most readable of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species.

This edition also includes an introductory sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original... Read more >

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The Origin of Species and The Voyage of the 'Beagle'
Introduction by Richard Dawkins
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Richard Dawkins


Format: Hardcover, 1024 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4127-5 (1-4000-4127-9)

Easily the most influential book published in the nineteenth century, Darwin’s The Origin of Species is also that most unusual phenomenon, an altogether readable discussion of a scientific subject. On its appearance in 1859 it was immediately recognized by enthusiasts and detractors alike as a work of the greatest importance: the... Read more >
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The Voyage of the Beagle
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Steve Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75680-1 (0-375-75680-9)

The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Gene Wars
The Politics of Biotechnology
Written by Kristin Dawkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-420-5 (1-58322-420-3)

Despite technological advances, an alarming number of people in the world go hungry. Even more chilling is the fact that in the future that number will likely increase. In this book, Kristin Dawkins discusses the international policies that are shaping this future, including those that govern the genetic engineering of plants... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Evolution

Written by Jean-Baptiste De Panafieu
Photographed by Patrick Gries
Translated by Linda Asher


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-368-1 (1-60980-368-X)

Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth’s fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Evolution, a resounding success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time.

Here is a... Read more >

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Your Body, Your Voice
The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking
Written by Theodore Dimon Ed. D.
Illustrated by G. David Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-320-5 (1-58394-320-X)

In this innovative book, Theodore Dimon, Ed. D., shows how each part of the vocal organ (breathing, larynx, throat, and so on) works as part of a larger musculoskeletal system that is often interfered with, and how identifying this larger system and understanding how it works allows a person to train... Read more >

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Reef Madness
Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral
Written by David Dobbs


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42161-7 (0-375-42161-0)

The controversy over the origin of coral reef held a critical place in 19th century science as a problem involving both how the earth was formed and how science should be practiced. No one was more sensitive to this issue than Alexander Agassiz, for whom the coral reef problem held singularly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Biocidal
Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs
Written by Theodore Michael Dracos


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0632-0 (0-8070-0632-7)

Whether or not you’ve heard of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), it’s likely that this toxic chemical can be found in your cells. PCBs were invented in 1920 for the electronics industry, fueled the WWII military machine, then were put to domestic uses, and finally came to be present in every corner of... Read more >

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Incognito
The Secret Lives of the Brain
Written by David Eagleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38992-3 (0-307-38992-8)

If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Incognito
The Secret Lives of the Brain
Written by David Eagleman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37733-3 (0-307-37733-4)

If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you—is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Demon Fish
Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
Written by Juliet Eilperin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38680-9 (0-307-38680-5)

A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Demon Fish
Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
Written by Juliet Eilperin


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42512-7 (0-375-42512-8)

A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Immense Journey
An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature
Written by Loren Eiseley


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1959
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70157-8 (0-394-70157-7)

"Dr. Eiseley has written a work of true science which must surely take its place also as great literature."--London Times Literary Supplement

In an unusual blend of scientific knowledge and imaginative vision, Eiseley, anthropologist and naturalist, tells the story of man. He reveals life's endless mysteries in his own experiences, departing from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Our Control
The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
Written by Laura Eldridge
Foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner


Format: Trade Paperback, 394 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-907-1 (1-58322-907-8)

The efficacy and risks of different birth control options are dramatically different today from what they once were thanks to scientific advances and increased awareness of STDs and other factors. In the most comprehensive book on birth control since the 1970s, women’s health activist Laura Eldridge discusses the history, scientific advances... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What's Going on in There?
How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
Written by Lise Eliot


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37825-2 (0-553-37825-2)

The early development of the human brain is a fascinating process that is covered with great precision in What’s Going On in There.

At birth, humans are capable of little beyond breathing and sucking. Yet, in the months to follow, the senses of sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing are increasingly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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